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Oceanic & African Arts

by Webb's


456 lots | 452 with images

June 17, 2010

Live Auction

18 Manukau Road

Newmarket

Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 524 6804

Fax: +64 9 524 7048

Email: auctions@webbs.co.nz

456 Lots
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Aboriginal Wunda Shield

Lot 1: Aboriginal Wunda Shield

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Description: Carved in softwood, of elongated ovoid form, the front decorated with deeply fluted zigzag design articulated into orthodox three section form and in-filled alternatively with bands of red and white natural earth pigments. The reverse offers incised longitudinal design with intersecting pointed border. Strong traces of red ochre overall, with detailed loop handle. 18th century.

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Aboriginal Bean Wood Shield

Lot 2: Aboriginal Bean Wood Shield

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Description: Of deep elliptical form, with rebated handle on the back carved into body of shield. Front and back are decorated with broad parallel longitudinal grooves. A varied reddish-brown patina dominates a large painted (natural pigment) circle couched by four very faint latitudinal thickly painted lines on the shield's face. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Fine Aboriginal Shield

Lot 3: Fine Aboriginal Shield

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Description: Of flat elliptical form, with rebated handle on the back carved into body of shield. Decorated on the front with deep parallel grooves with a zigzag motif that articulate on black pigment lines approximately 100mm apart, and on the reverse with repeating parallel red pigments and stone or ivory tooled incised vertical grooves; fine and varied deep reddish-brown patina. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Fine Aboriginal Shield

Lot 4: Fine Aboriginal Shield

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Description: Ovoid wooden body with parallel circular rainbow and pointillism motif on front section. Grooved back section with hollowed out hand grip. Traces of insect damage. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Aboriginal Shield

Lot 5: Aboriginal Shield

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Description: Stone tooled, surface undressed. Strong curvilinear form with integrated handle. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Fine Karajarri Aboriginal Shield

Lot 6: Fine Karajarri Aboriginal Shield

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Description: Front of eucalyptus wood shield covered with ochre and dot painted motif and back incised with interlocking key and herringbone patterns. Mount Vernon area. Australia.

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Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerang

Lot 7: Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerang

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Description: Wood, dyed with red ochre, flattened, lense-shaped in diameter, a beautifully curved handle with hook-shaped head and rounded endings. Fine longitudinal incisions fluting tightly through the surface complementing the overall form of the finely carved 'swan neck'.Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerangs

Lot 8: Two Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerangs

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Description: Wood, dyed with red ochre, flattened, lense-shaped in diameter, a curved handle with hook-shaped head and rounded endings. Fine longitudinal incisions fluting tightly through the surface complementing the overall form of the finely carved 'swan neck'. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerangs

Lot 9: Two Aboriginal 'Swan Neck' Boomerangs

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Description: Wood, dyed with red ochre, flattened, lense-shaped in diameter, a curved handle with hook-shaped head and rounded endings. Fine longitudinal incisions fluting tightly through the surface complementing the overall form of the finely carved 'swan neck'. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Giant Coolamon - Aboriginal Vessel

Lot 10: Giant Coolamon - Aboriginal Vessel

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Description: Extremely rare and large. Broad longitudinal incisions fluting through the internal and external surfaces. Natural ochre pigments accent entire object. Dark horizontal decoration line represented in internal body of vessel. Significant signs of old repair and damage. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Coolamon - Aboriginal Vessel

Lot 11: Coolamon - Aboriginal Vessel

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Description: Orthodox form. Broad longitudinal incisions fluting through the internal and external surfaces. Natural ochre pigments accent entire object. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

Lot 12: Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

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Description: Base of light red ochre with white and yellow linear parallel line pattern to front and back. Portion of blade slightly split. Provenance: Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York,1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

Lot 13: Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

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Description: Base of ochre with strong linear parallel lines to front and back. Provenance: Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York,1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

Lot 14: Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Boomerang

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Description: Base of ochre with linear parallel dot pattern to front and back. Provenance: Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York,1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

Lot 15: Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

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Description: One with incised linear pattern to back, traces of green pigmentation and painted motifs on both. Provenance: Julius Carlebach Gallery,

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Three Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

Lot 16: Three Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

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Description: Stone tooled, with two examples offering finely incised parallel marking which follow the form of the object. Provenance: Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York,1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Boomerang

Lot 17: Two Aboriginal Boomerang

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Description: In traditional form. One with stone tooled surface the other depicting modern human forms at play.

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Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

Lot 18: Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

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Description: In traditional form. Deep aged patina. Provenence: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia

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Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

Lot 19: Two Fine Aboriginal Boomerangs

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Description: In traditional form. One in non symmetrical form. Aged patina. Evidence of red ochre. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia.

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Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

Lot 20: Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

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Description: Non symmetrical blade. Beautifully carved parallel lines following form of object. Red ochre evidenced. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia

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Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

Lot 21: Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

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Description: In orthodox form. Rich dark patina. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia

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Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

Lot 22: Fine Aboriginal Boomerang

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Description: In traditional non symmetrical form. Stone tooled. Strong, well defined parallel incisions follow form of blade. Traces of pigment. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia.

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Two Aboriginal Throwing Clubs

Lot 23: Two Aboriginal Throwing Clubs

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Description: One with bulbous head, light brown patina. The second with conical head, dark brown patina.

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Aboriginal Throwing Club

Lot 24: Aboriginal Throwing Club

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Description: Centre weighted terminating softly at each end. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla - Waddy Clubs

Lot 25: Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla - Waddy Clubs

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Description: Linear incisions following form of club. Rich varied patina. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla - Waddy Clubs

Lot 26: Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla - Waddy Clubs

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Description: Centre weighted throwing sticks terminating sharply at each end. Dark hardwood patina. 19th century. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Large Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower, Western Australia

Lot 27: Large Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower, Western Australia

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Description: Wood, reddish brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard. The front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using zigzag motif. Handle with knob, leading tip wrapped in museum cotton protecting affixed tooth (presumably wood.) Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Two Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Throwers

Lot 28: Two Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Throwers

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Description: Light-weighted wood, reddish brown patina, flat paddle-leaf shaped body with narrow handle, a tooth (presumably from a kangaroo) affixed by grass fibre, slightly damaged, small cracks, drilled holes. One with, and one missing anchor tooth. Black resin knobs. Early 20th century. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla Waddy Clubs

Lot 29: Three Aboriginal Nulla Nulla Waddy Clubs

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Description: Carved in longitudinal lines. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Throwers

Lot 30: Two Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Throwers

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Description: Heavy weighted wood, reddish brown patina, flat narrow paddle-shaped body. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

Lot 31: Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

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Description: Narrow, leaf shaped flat springboard. The front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using zigzag and parallel motif. The back also stone tooled. Handle with resin knob, leading tip wrapped in museum cotton protecting affixed tooth. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

Lot 32: Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

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Description: Dry brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard. The front sparsely covered with linear zigzag motif (steel tooled). Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

Lot 33: Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower

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Description: Wood, reddish brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard. The front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using parallel and diagonal motif. Chip carved suggesting stone tooled. Handle with knob, leading tip wrapped in museum cotton protecting affixed tooth. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art USA

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Aboriginal Spear

Lot 34: Aboriginal Spear

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Description: Long form hardwood spear with terminating oval formed tip. Rich dark patina with light parallel incision decorations at one end. Mid 19th century. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Two Aboriginal Spears

Lot 35: Two Aboriginal Spears

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Description: Long form hunting spears. Example one offering finely crafted double sided barbed head with signs of natural pigment decorations remaining (tiwi style). Example two utilises innovative steel blade with netted white line decorations. Cape York style. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Spears

Lot 36: Two Aboriginal Spears

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Description: Long form hunting spears. Example one offering finely crafted single barbed head (possibly Swan River style). Second example utilises single side multiple barb technique (northern Australian style). Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Rare Aboriginal Wooden Leangle Club

Lot 37: Rare Aboriginal Wooden Leangle Club

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Description: Victoria was one of the first areas settled in Australia and for this reason the local indigenous population stopped using real Leangles by the late 19th century. Dark black/brown patina. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Throwing Clubs

Lot 38: Two Aboriginal Throwing Clubs

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Description: Straight form hardwood with longitudinal incisions. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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An Aboriginal Hafted Stone Axe.

Lot 39: An Aboriginal Hafted Stone Axe.

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Description: The stone head hafted between two wooden shafts and affixed with human hair binding and resin. Traces of ochre decoration to the hafts and head. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA

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Three Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

Lot 40: Three Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

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Description: Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Spear Throwers, a Seedpod and a Woven Dilly Bag

Lot 41: Two Aboriginal Spear Throwers, a Seedpod and a Woven Dilly Bag

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Description: A fine spear thrower with rich dark patina and resin mounted kangaroo tooth tip, together with a weathered spear thrower and a seed pot and woven dilly bag

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Aboriginal Flaked Flint Spear Tip and Stone Adze.

Lot 42: Aboriginal Flaked Flint Spear Tip and Stone Adze.

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Description: Traces of gum resin and fibre to base. Together with an early stone adze. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Aboriginal Lizard Forms

Lot 43: Two Aboriginal Lizard Forms

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Description: Incised pokerwork design. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Bundle of Fine Rope, Aboriginal

Lot 44: Bundle of Fine Rope, Aboriginal

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Description: Made from intertwined human hair. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Two Exceptional Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

Lot 46: Two Exceptional Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

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Description: One a fine example of ovoid form with carved linear decoration and plain uncarved handle. The other long club of ovoid form with incised dot and lineal decoration. Rich dark patina. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's Australia.

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Three Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

Lot 47: Three Aboriginal Waddy Clubs

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Description: One with incised lineal carving and resin to butt, one with pointed head and one with three barbs to the pointed head. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia.

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Aboriginal Painted Didgeridoo

Lot 48: Aboriginal Painted Didgeridoo

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Description: A fully decorated wooden didgeridoo. White, black, red and brown pigments with free and animal forms painted to mid-section. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's Australia

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Group of Five Aboriginal Spear Heads

Lot 49: Group of Five Aboriginal Spear Heads

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Description: Wood, sinew and gum. Old label attached. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Group of Four Aboriginal Spear Heads and a Sheath

Lot 50: Group of Four Aboriginal Spear Heads and a Sheath

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Description: Of various regions. Old label attached. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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Aboriginal Churinga

Lot 51: Aboriginal Churinga

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Description: With incised circular grooving to top side with suspension hole. Traces of red ochre. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA.

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